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- noun zoology Any of the Cryptobranchidae; a
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Bigger lissamphibians, having a small relative surface area, should find it more difficult to respire compared to their small relatives, and this prediction seems to be confirmed by the fact that the biggest lissamphibians (the cryptobranchid salamanders) are aquatic.
Delfino et al. (2003) suggested that the loss of chelydrids (and other taxa, including cryptobranchid salamanders, varanids and elapids) from Pliocene Europe might have been triggered by the climatic cooling that kicked in at this time.